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- Posted:Friday, September 11, 2009
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Although the next race is September 12th - which is tomorrow and I doubt that even the most ardent backpacking derby fan would be able to make it unless they were in the very near vicinity - the organisers are putting them on until the 26th, so there's plenty of time to head on down there.
Apparently, the mayhem has been going strong for nearly 40 years - which is a lot of mangled metal, I'd imagine - having first started off in 1970 with demonstrations being put on by stock car clubs. The drivers quickly noticed that the spectators liked it most when there were collisions and the rest, as they say, is history.
For those who have never been to a race before, the Kitsap crew offer up a few lingo-busting hints on their website, including "stacks" - which are the pipes that come out of the hoods of the cars - and "sandbagging", which is when drivers only hit other cars hard enough to stay in the event.
If you're after a quieter time, Wisconsin holds its own Watermelon Festival in Pardeeville, which includes seed spitting and fruit carving competitions.